Following revelation of result manipulation by Miss Mmesoma Ejikeme, the management of Innoson Automobile Company, has withdrawn the N3 million scholarship awarded to her.
The development was announced by the Head of Corporate Communications & Affairs Innoson Group, Cornel Osigwe, in a Facebook post on Saturday.
Osigwe said, “In recent days, we have been involved in the process of investigating allegations surrounding the 2023 UTME examination results of one of our scholarship recipients, Miss Joy Mmesoma Ejikeme. It was reported initially that Miss Joy scored exceptionally high on the exam, a feat that led to her being awarded a scholarship by our company.
“However, subsequent reports of discrepancies in her UTME score led us to seek clarification from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and to allow her to voice her stance, we engaged in direct dialogue with Miss Joy.
“Further to this, a committee set up by the Anambra State Governor, Dr. Charles Chukwuma Soludo, carried out a thorough independent investigation into this matter.”
Furthermore, Osigwe expressed disappointment in the outcome of the rigorous investigation which confirmed that the candidate manipulated her result.
He added that in line with the principles of honesty that the company believes in, “we have made the difficult decision to withdraw the scholarship awarded to Miss Joy Mmesoma Ejikeme. This action is a testament to our unyielding commitment to honesty, integrity, and merit-based recognition.
“We acknowledge that this development is regrettable, and it has undoubtedly caused dismay among those who stood by Miss Joy, including her school principal and other well-meaning supporters. However, it is crucial to maintain the integrity of our scholarship program and the values it represents.”
Innoson thanked the public, JAMB, and the Anambra State Governor’s committee, for their support during the challenge.